Hyundai’s XCIENT Fuel Cell Truck Grabs GREEN AWARD, Illuminating the Path to Zero-Emission Transport!

October 12, 2023
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The Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell truck
The Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell truck is photographed on May 2, 2023.

In a significant stride towards sustainable mobility, Hyundai’s XCIENT Fuel Cell Truck has been honored with the Mobility GREEN AWARD at GTF Connect Los Angeles, spotlighting its innovative technology and zero-emission transport solutions. The award, presented in Hollywood, California, underscores the vehicle’s potential in reshaping the future of efficient, sustainable transportation.

Mark Freymueller, Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Vehicle Business at Hyundai Motor Company, expressed, “It is very gratifying to all the teams involved in developing the XCIENT Fuel Cell to receive important honors such as this GREEN AWARD as a clear confirmation of their hard work to meet the stringent demands of commercial vehicle operators while going for zero-emission transportation.”

The Hyundai’s XCIENT Fuel Cell Truck, launched with a focus on the commercial shipping sector, offers a noteworthy emissions-free profile, presenting itself as a sustainable mobility solution that not only aims to reduce carbon emissions but also effectively addresses global transportation needs. The vehicle’s durability and fuel efficiency are particularly tailored to meet the demands of commercial fleet operators.

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Since its initial launch in 2020, the XCIENT Fuel Cell has been deployed in five countries, including Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Korea, and New Zealand, marking itself as the only heavy-duty fuel cell electric model with a proven record of real-world application and technological reliability.

In May 2023, Hyundai introduced the commercialization model of the XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor in the United States, equipped with two 90-kW hydrogen fuel cell systems (total 180 kW power) and a 350-kW e-motor. The tractor, with a gross combination weight of a maximum 82,000 lbs., pairs short refueling times with a driving range of over 450 miles per charge, even when fully loaded.

The Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell incorporates the world-leading hydrogen fuel cell system offered by HTWO, Hyundai Motor Group’s fuel cell system-based hydrogen business brand. HTWO’s business encompasses the application of Hyundai’s proprietary fuel cell systems for various forms of mobility, including advanced air mobility, automobiles, vessels, and trains, as well as for stationary power generation.

Jim Park, senior vice president commercial vehicle and hydrogen fuel cell business, Hyundai Motor North America, stated, “The recognition of our XCIENT Fuel Cell reinforces our unwavering commitment to sustainable transportation solutions for both consumer and commercial vehicles.”

The GreenTech Festival (GTF), Europe’s largest sustainability festival, and its extension, the GTF Connect Series, have evolved into a pivotal platform for celebrating innovation, technology, and leadership within the global green business community. The GREEN AWARDS, a crucial part of the festival, illuminate innovative projects, companies, and individuals across various categories such as “Mobility” and “Energy” in Los Angeles, with winners meticulously selected by a distinguished and diverse 55-member jury.

Hyundai Motor America, focusing on ‘Progress for Humanity’ and smart mobility solutions, continues to offer U.S. consumers a technology-rich lineup of cars, SUVs, and electrified vehicles, with a commitment to forging a cleaner, more efficient future that benefits all.

Sunita Somvanshi

With over two decades of dedicated service in the state environmental ministry, this seasoned professional has cultivated a discerning perspective on the intricate interplay between environmental considerations and diverse industries. Sunita is armed with a keen eye for pivotal details, her extensive experience uniquely positions her to offer insightful commentary on topics ranging from business sustainability and global trade's environmental impact to fostering partnerships, optimizing freight and transport for ecological efficiency, and delving into the realms of thermal management, logistics, carbon credits, and energy transition. Through her writing, she not only imparts valuable knowledge but also provides a nuanced understanding of how businesses can harmonize with environmental imperatives, making her a crucial voice in the discourse on sustainable practices and the future of industry.

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